Tribute to Leonard Cohen (by Joe)

On November 7, 2016 songwriter and poet Leonard Cohen died. Earlier, before his passing, Joe Nagy, regular contributor to Just a Thought, penned this wonderful tribute.  We share it with you again. I have just finished reading a biography of the Canadian poet and singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen. He has accumulated about every award you can get in his profession: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, … Continue reading Tribute to Leonard Cohen (by Joe) »

Borrowing Light From Another

I have a friend who has unsuccessfully battled alcoholism for many years.  He has spent months in treatment centers, hours upon hours in counselling, and extended stretches in a 12-Step program. All to no avail. Invariably, he returns to the bottle and self-imposed exile, to the despair of friends and family. Addiction is often wrapped in isolation and loneliness.  Addiction becomes a monster, cunning, baffling and powerful.  When the … Continue reading Borrowing Light From Another »

Accepting a Broken Past

Have you ever experienced an event so broken that the past and future became so tightly bound it became impossible to have a … present?  A moment so broken that time stands still and memories don’t mend? Moments like these can shape our outlook on life and rob us of our happiness.  Broken memories can create a pattern of negative thinking and behavior forever driving us into … Continue reading Accepting a Broken Past »

Beyond a Rock and a Hard Place

Originally published April 23, 2016.  “An ocean lies between what is said and what is done.”  Italian proverb Sometimes that ocean is between a rock and a hard place. NEWS BULLETIN ISTANBUL: “Hundreds of sheep followed their leader off a cliff in eastern Turkey, plunging to their deaths this week while shepherds looked on in dismay. Four hundred sheep fell 15 metres to their deaths … Continue reading Beyond a Rock and a Hard Place »